The Fallacy About Arsenal Reserve/Youth Players
This will be a brief post, but I’m curious to know why some fans are so determined to present their own premonitions as certainties, in regards to when reserve/youth players are ready to be promoted to the first team. It’s an important question that I’m interested in discussing with fellow gooners.
We have all been privileged to watch some seriously talented players come up through the reserves and youth divisions of Arsenal, breaking into the first-team in recent years i.e. Song, Wilshere, Szczesny just to name a few.
For example, Song was purchased in 2005 and played in the reserves (and occasional first team matches) until 3 years later in the 2008-2009 season when he made his breakthrough as a full-fledged first team squad member. Since then, Song has become one of the best all-around midfielders in the league (if not the world), a crucial player who also has a habit of staying uninjured.
My question is this…Who says that this is not possible for players such as Coquelin, Lansbury, Frimpong this very season. Why isn’t it possible for players like them to have their breakthrough seasons this season? Players like them (and Bartley) have now served the same amount of loan time that Song did before he broke through into the first team, so why not?
When fans come out and dictate “oh, he’s not ready, and he’s not ready…and he needs to be loaned more, and him too…” it baffles me. How do they know that? Who died and made them manager? No one, and they haven’t a clue when it comes to knowing when a player is ready to be promoted or not. Same goes for me. I haven’t a clue either because I’m no Arsene Wenger, but I do ask:
What is stopping these players from having their breakthrough seasons this season? Who’s to say that Arsene Wenger won’t promote one of the many great players rising through the reserves/youth squads? And if so, Why would that be considered by many misguided fools as a terrible decision? Surely, if Arsene Wenger says that the (hypothetical) player is ready for the first team, then he is ready, just like Song or Wilshere were, right? Let us know what you think.
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